This session will explore topics such as strengthening recruitment and retention, diversifying repertoire, creating safe spaces for all students, using affirming language, and empowering students to be the voice of change. As they analyze, evaluate, and create vocal music representing diverse cultures across styles and genres, those present will discuss strategies to engage students in high levels of musical reflection and application. Participants will review the basics of vocal tone production, and there will be time for discussion and questions stemming from the morning session plus sessions from the past summer.
Sandra Babb is an assistant professor of choral music education at Oregon State University, where she teaches choral methods, vocal pedagogy, and choral conducting. She also directs OSU Bella Voce, which was recently featured at the 2021 National American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) conference. With degrees from Florida State University, Babb is an active conductor and clinician throughout the United States and is well known for her work in developing choral tone. She has coauthored articles for the International Journal of Research in Choral Singing, The Journal of Music Teacher Education, and Choral Journal. She is a contributing author for Composing in Choirs and Teaching Music through Performance in Choir: Volume IV, available from GIA Publications, and Voices in Concert, published by the Hal Leonard Corporation. She is also a National Center for Voice and Speech certified vocologist. Babb currently serves as the Oregon ACDA chair for treble choirs and the North West ACDA chair for student activities.